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WCAU, WWSI Will Relocate to New Comcast Skyscraper in Philly

comcast tower phillyComcast Corp. has announced the construction of a new skyscraper in Philadelphia that will be home to up to 4,000 employees, including the newsrooms and studios of NBC’s WCAU and Telemundo’s WWSI.

The 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be located at 1800 Arch St. Construction is set to begin this summer and to be completed by the end of 2017.

WCAU’s relocation to the new building will be its first move in 62 years. WWSI, the Telemundo station recently acquired by NBC Universal, will also move into the building. Both stations are currently located on City Line Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

“There won’t be any other television station like it in the country,” Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said in a statement.

WCAU Shuffles Morning, Evening Anchors

jones sikahemaChanges are afoot at WCAU, according to the Philadelphia Daily News: the NBC owned station in Philly has swapped its morning and evening anchors.

Keith Jones (pictured left) formerly the morning anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Jacqueline London. Sports director Vai Sikahema (pictured right),who also anchored the 5 p.m. newscast, will move to the morning shift, anchoring from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with Tracy Davidson.

The Daily News also reports Steve Highsmith, a general assignment reporter who hosted “NBC 10 @Issue,” has left WCAU. The show will continue with a new host who has not yet been named.

Philadelphia Anchor’s Green Sweater Becomes Focus of Morning Show

When WTXF‘s Mike Jerrick declared today a Green and White Party day to honor the green of the Philadelphia Eagles and the white of the snow, he made himself the target of taunts (some might say the center of attention) when he wore the wrong shade of green.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who was on set for an interview asked Jerrick, “You actually bought that?”

Philadelphia Stations to Share News Content

wpvi_wuvpPhiladelphia’s ABC owned station WPVI and Univision station WUVP have announced they’re partnering on news content integration.

As part of the deal, WUVP will launch a live local 11:00p.m. news starting December 26. The two stations will also cross promote newscasts and share news content.

“This partnership will strengthen our news gathering capabilities within the Latino community,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager at WPVI.  “Univision is the premiere Spanish language television brand in America, and we’re excited to share news resources with them.”

The Univision press release said the partnership is “an expansion of Univision’s ongoing efforts with ABC to share news content, already underway in two of the largest Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In some markets both stations work on investigative stories while in others they work on a daily basis on news stories and on gubernatorial debates.”

WWSI Set to Launch Local Newscasts

telemundo philly logoAs Philadelphia’s WWSI gets ready to launch local newscasts early next year, TVNewsCheck reports on the Telemundo station:

[Anchor Ramos] Zayas and the two multimedia journalists — Christian Cazares and Iris Delgado — who will be doing most of the reporting have been getting to know the market’s Latino leaders and constituents so they can deliver the kind of newscasts people want to watch, [assistant news director Claribel] Collazo says.

“We have been walking the streets and having discussions to understand what they need and what they want,” Collazo says. She calls WWSI’s product “news that matters.” The team, Collazo says, is already preparing stories that respond to what they’re hearing from local Latinos — that they don’t have access to the information they need to navigate life in and around Philadelphia or understand the impact that, say, regulatory, health care or educational changes will have on them. Read more

KYW Adds Steve Patterson as Reporter

patterson_croppedSteve Patterson has joined Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW as a reporter.

Patterson, who started at KYW today, will also report for sister station CW affiliate WPSG.

Before coming to KYW, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, MO, as a reporter. Patterson started his career at WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI.

‘He’s a Maniac’: Philadelphia FOX Anchor Recreates Iconic ‘Flashdance’ Scene

“Good Day Philadelphia” anchor Mike Jerrick braved the staged elements to recreate an iconic scene from the movie “Flashdance” to honor the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

The scene chosen was the one where Jennifer Beals‘ character in the movie sits on a chair and pulls a lever to release gallons of water in a cascade of sexiness.

According to the WTXF website, Jerrick’s co-anchor Karen Hepp was supposed to be the one under the water, but she was under the weather instead.

“We may have overdone it with the water,” said the anchor for the Philadelphia FOX owned station while returning to the morning show set. “We didn’t need that much water.”

Local Stations Raise Money for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

haiyan_cbsSeveral local stations around the US are asking viewers to pitch in to help the victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Vietnam.

>In Philadelphia, CBS owned station KYW has partnered with its CW sister station WPSG, KYW newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, CBS Sports Radio 610, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT along with CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor under the name “Operation Brotherly Love” in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross.

All the stations along with CBSPhilly.com and several CBS Outdoor digital boards will be asking viewers and listeners to donate either online at www.CBSPhilly.com/relief or by calling 1-800-GIVE-122 (1-800-448-3122).

>In Sacramento, CA, NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA teamed up with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $480,000 on Tuesday by doing live cut-ins throughout the day.

“I am proud to live in a community that is so generous and giving,” Elliott Troshinsky, president and general manager of KCRA-KQCA, said in a statement. “Northern Californians opened their wallets and showed their generosity by helping us raise nearly $500,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.  We truly want to thank all of our viewers for their generosity.” Read more

Philadelphia Station to Air Award Winning College Produced Sitcom

cw_phillyPhiladelphia CW affiliate WPSG is giving some Drexel University students the chance to show their work to a larger audience.

Saturday night at Midnight EST, the Philadelphia station plans to air the original student-produced sitcom called OFF CAMPUS.

According to the press release, the show is a “lighthearted and honest look at the confusing world that America’s young people face in today’s turbulent economic times..”

Apparently this isn’t just some schlocky college production, OFF CAMPUS has already won two awards from the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. This year it won the College Production Award of Excellence and last year the show took home the “Outstanding Achievement in a Student Production” from NATAS. Read more

Las Vegas Reporter to Join Telemundo Philadelphia

cazares_kvvuChristian Cazares, multimedia journalist for Las Vegas FOX affiliate KVVU, is set to join Telemundo Philadelphia station WWSI as a reporter.

Cazares came to KVVU in May 2012 from Univision Las Vegas affiliate KINC. He started his career in Spanish language news at KSMS Univision Monterey-Salinas before moving to KBNT Univision San Diego. He has also worked at ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego while contributing stories to KGTV’s sister station Azteca America San Diego.

According to Media Moves, Cazares starts at WWSI in November 11.

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